'OHI Instagram Contest

To celebrate our book 'OHI and inspire everyone to bring nature indoors in 2017, we're holding an 'OHI local flower arranging contest!

Get outside, forage, explore your backyard, check out the local farmer's market, get creative! 

The rules are simple:

  • Create a cut floral arrangement and post it on Instagram
  • Tag @paikohawaii and #ohihawaii
  • All materials must be local (We'd love to hear where your plants were sourced from)
  • No limit on posts per person

The contest will run from today until January 31st and the winner will be announced the first week of February. The winner will receive a $50 Paiko gift card, a signed copy of 'OHI: How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora, and will be featured on our IG and blog. So grab your clippers, get outside, and start arranging!

PAIKO's 4th Anniversary & Welcoming MILO

Last week we had the amazing opportunity to celebrate four years, welcome Milo, and bless our space. A big thank you to everyone who came out to show support, and to all of you that have rallied behind us the past few years. We couldn't have done this without each and every one of you!  

Oh and don't forget our holiday hours! We'll be open

12/20 to 12/23: 9 am to 8 pm
12/24 Christmas Eve: 8 am to 2 pm
12/25 Christmas Day: Closed
12/26: Noon to 6 pm


Photos by Kenna Reed

GATHER: Protea

Otherworldy protea flowers are a staple at the Paiko flower bar.  Kings, minks, banksias, pincushions, and even macadamia are all members of the ancient Proteacea family, with includes species native to Australia and South Africa (plate tectonics!). 

Proteas need cold nights, so if you're lucky enough to be on the Big Island or Maui you can gather or plant them yourself.  Otherwise come by the shop, our flower bar is fully stocked for Christmas.

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-  To help them drink, split woody protea stems a an inch or two up the middle with a pair of clippers.
- A little packet of flower food in your vase is especially helpful with proteas.
-  Most proteas, excluding pincushions, dry beautifully. When your arrangement is looking tired, hang it upside down to dry.

For more tips like these check out our new book 'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora.

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Paiko at the KCC Farmer's Market This Saturday!

We will be at the KCC Farmer's Market this Saturday, December 3rd.  We'll have lots of beautiful protea from the Big Island, foraged flora, sprouted coconuts, a few of our favorite potted plants and our book - 'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora.  In fact, Tamara will be there to help you put together the perfect arrangement and don't be shy, she'll happily sign your book.  See you bright and early Saturday! We'll be there from 730 to 11am.

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Shop Small Saturday

You're probably planning out your Thanksgiving menus but we wanted to tell you about another national holiday - Small Business Saturday! This Saturday is an opportunity to support locally owned businesses like Paiko, keep money in Hawai'i and of course, go shopping. 


For Shop Small Saturday, we will be offering a special price of $55 on our ‘OHI book kits (‘OHI + Saboten Japanese Clippers + Jute Twine + Fishbowl Vase) and giving 10% of book sales to KUA, a community based initiative for protecting, restoring, and caring for Hawaii. This set has everything you need to start gathering and arranging the flora around you. 


Also on Saturday spend $80 and receive a mint green PAIKO shirt on the house. Locally printed, we love our new shirts! 

Celebrate 'OHI at the Surfjack this Thursday!

Join us this Thursday, November 17th, to celebrate the release of Paiko’s new book ‘OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai’i’s Flora. A celebration of Hawai'i’s abundant plant life and the resourcefulness of island living, OHI shows you that fresh flowers don’t have to be a luxury, beautiful arrangements can be created from what’s around you.

On this fun night the hotel will turn into a botanical wonderland decked out in Rigney’s modern local flower arrangements; try local botanical cocktails with KoHana Rum by Mahina and Sun’s, a flower learning station featuring plants used in the book, and laid back Hawaii tunes.

The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club in Waikiki // 6-9pm

ARRANGE: Tied Bunches

Tying stems in a bunch is our favorite way to make arrangements with awkwardly shaped plant materials. All you need is a pair of clippers and a piece of twine; we prefer natural fibers like jute or hemp.  This technique also allows you to use anything from a bowl to a water glass as a vase. Experiment with different combinations by holding them together in your hand. You’ll be surprised by what works well together.

For detailed instructions check out our new book 'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora.

GATHER: Philodendron

Sometimes all it takes to brighten up a room is a few leaves. Thankfully in Hawaii our landscape is filled with beautiful foliage, ideal for easy arrangements. Philodendrons are one of our favorites, always in season, they come in dozens of shapes and sizes, and can be found along jungly roadsides and in many backyards. 


-  Choose mature dark green leaves. Soft, light-green, juvenile leaves will wilt.
-  Keep your water fresh and your arrangement will last for months; it might even sprout roots.
-  Large leaves pair well with large tropicals like heliconia, while small leaves work well with anthuriums and pincushion protea.

For more tips like these check out our new book 'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora.

'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora

Our book — 'OHI How to Gather and Arrange Hawai'i's Flora—  is almost here and we couldn't be more excited!  Paiko founder, Tamara Rigney and photographer, Mariko Reed have been wandering the island, visiting friends’ backyards, and seeking out Oahu’s most classic homes to inspire you to bring Hawai'i's nature indoors. 

Available now for pre-order, 'OHI is the ultimate guide to arranging Hawai'i's unique flora.

'OHI means to gather in Hawaiian.  In the book, Rigney and Reed share their methods for sourcing, harvesting, and caring for island flora.  'OHI provides detailed profiles, paired with original illustrations by artist Jeff Canham, of favorite plant and flower varieties; from backyard staples like parakeet heliconia and monstera, to the less-common uluhe fern and shampoo ginger. 

With detailed design tips, as well as a list of useful tools and materials, this book is a celebration of Hawai'i’s landscape.  Fresh flowers don’t have to be a luxury, 'OHI will help you create beautiful arrangements from what’s around you.

Available in the shop November 12th, ‘OHI makes the perfect holiday gift, or let's be honest, personal gift.  With your newfound inspiration, your home will be filled with flowers year-round.

P.S. Save the date, Thursday November 17th we'll be celebrating ‘OHI at the Surfjack from 6-9pm!  



In the midst of summer bougainvillea season, we stumbled across this incredible house on the south shore. We had to share!

Requiring little water and maintenance, bougainvillea is the answer if you're looking to brighten up your yard. Don't have a yard? These guys need tons of sun so they're not practical for indoors, but they can do well in large pots with good drainage. 

We don't carry boug at Paiko but find it at your local garden center or propagate your own from cuttings you find around town. For full propagating instructions check out this article.

Photos by Kenna Reed


Meet our friend Meleana: fashion designer, columnist for Hawaii Luxury magazine, and master lei maker. A couple times a year Meleana teaches a special workshop at Paiko on the art of haku. Catch the next one on Wednesday July 18th

I know your grandmother was a haku master. Do you think you would be so passionate about haku were it not for her?

Yes, My Tutu was an amazing lei maker.  Her fascination and love the traditional style of lei making turned into a business for her, but she never made one lei that was not completely filled with Aloha.  She always thought of her client and their personal look and likes and catered each lei to match them. She shared her lei in the most giving way with nothing expected in return.  With all that being said, yes, I can completely attribute my love for lei making and the spirit of sharing a lei to my Tutu.  She was also known for her wreaths, puakenikeni leis and frequently did large projects such as weddings and funerals, taking on any floral challenge.  

My cousins and I would help her or just sit at her table and talk to her while she worked and we were always adorned ourselves, for EVERY occasion so it is ingrained in all of us.  Personally, my own passion for lei making developed recently since she has passed and I LOVE to make Haku leis.  I love the architecture and color combination of a Haku lei.  My cousins make the most beautiful Puakenikeni leis and mine are terrible!  My sister loves to Haku as well, but makes the most stunning bouquets, using her techniques.  We all have something we have gravitated to.


Do you follow the same technique as your grandmother or is your style different?

Yes, I follow and teach the same Wili style of Haku Lei making that she used and taught.  In the past year I have also enjoyed learning different techniques for different styles of leis… if there is a particular material I want to work with, I play with different techniques to make that flower or fern shine!  I definitely have a different style that my Tutu… I will never be as good!  I try and try but its a work in progress!  She had an effortless way with flowers… they obeyed her, she loved them and anything she touched turned out stunning.

Do you have a favorite haku flower combination?

I can’t say I have a complete favorite, but I am a LOVER of color.  Any chance I get to use Mamo, the bright yellow Lehua I am thrilled.  That combined with some hot pink ti-leaf is gorgeous!  I love to use the native Palapalai as my fern…. its not always easy to find and its delicate, but so so pretty.  



Whats the last haku plant material experiment that was a success? Any that were failures?

I made a lovely anthirium lei for a photo shoot.. I was suprised it came out!  I had a lei flop using big hibiscus.  I couldn’t resist trying because the colors are so fantastic, but it didn’t survive for more than an hour!  


What’s most interesting to you about teaching haku?

I love how every student just goes for it!  Maybe I am used to workshops where you were told the lei had to turn out a certain way, but people are so creative!  I love that every student takes my instruction and just goes for it and everyone is so stoked and proud of their finished lei, when none of them look at all the same!  I am also so impressed with how fast everyone makes a lei!  It would take me 5 hours when I was younger!  I love sharing this skill, it is so fun and gratifying!




So this past week, my man and I decided to take a quick bae-cation and hop on over to the island of Hawai'i aka Big Island. The people were sweet, the food was tasty, the beaches were fun, but the PLANT LIFE was RIDICULOUS. Big Island, you are unreal. 

Photos by Kenna Reed
Story by Kenna Reed


Flowers from your man, flowers from your lady, flowers from yourself... They all have one thing in common. We want them to last. We trim their stems under water and change their water as soon as it looks a little cloudy, but what else can we do? Flower Food. 

We decided to test out three homemade flower food recipes, compare the results to plain water and tell you what we think! So here goes: 


Recipe #1
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp hydrogen peroxide
1 qt water

Recipe #2
2 tsp Sprite
1 tsp hydrogen peroxide
1 qt water

Recipe #3
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp hydrogen peroxide
1 qt water

For the experiment we tested out umbrella ferns, philodendrons, molokai orchid stems, pincushion proteas, Obake anthuriums and a mini anthurium.

Our Conclusions: 

  • Anthuriums prefered the Sprite mixture, resulting in flowers that lasted about 3-5 days longer than the rest. 
  • Pincushion proteas really did not like the vinegar mixture, it actually caused the prongs on the flower to bend backwards! Sorry pro-pro. 
  • Orchids didn't seem to show much variation in logevity, however the sugar mixture did seem to help more of the buds to open. 
  • The umbrella fern, as well as, the philodendron did slightly better in the lemon mixture.





We also noticed that the lemon mixture causes the water to appear cloudy, making the water seem dirty. Simple solution, use an opaque vase. 

So go ahead and experiment- hopefully you'll get a few more days out of your blooms!









Photos: Kenna Reed
Story: Kenna Reed
Art: Harry Tsuchidana


After rushing around like busy bees all spring, we're finding a new appreciation for mellow days just kicking it at home. Coffee and the New York Times, followed by closet organization, sandwiches, flower arranging, a run, then a wine lubricated evening in the kitchen makes for a darn good day in our book. 

With all this home-time it's important that our houses are filled with good vibes. Enter the smudge stick. A derivative of a Native American cultural practice, burning these wrapped bundles of white sage is a way to purify your space and introduce serenity. Simply slowly wave the smoking bundle around your home, making sure to hit entryways and corners, places where rumor has it, negative energy likes to stagnate.

paiko smudge stick

We've got a few different sticks in the shop, including a gorgeous rose petal wrapped number by Catherine Rising. Stop by and start cleansing! 


Photo: Kenna Reed
Story: Tamara Rigney


It's April and you know what that means... The start of one of our favorite seasons: Plumeria Season. So what does one do with herself during this glorious time of year? Press pause, take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the view (and smell). 

With dozens of species and hybrids, you can find plumerias in almost every shade of white, red, pink, and yellow. Their fragrance varies by species, with some recalling sweet fruit punch and some with more delicate floral notes.  We love them all- it's almost impossible to pick a favorite.

If you're interested in growing your own plumeria tree, don't waste your time looking for and sprouting seeds. Simply find the tree you admire most, ask for permission, and propagate a cutting.  You can do this by cutting a branch 1-2 feet from the tip, letting the cutting dry out for at least a week, and then planting it in soil with good drainage. 

Tada! Plumerias for everyone!